HackTrain to run first ever hackathon at InnoTrans 2018

Hack Partners
Feb 20, 2018 · 2 min read
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HackTrain announces partnership with InnoTrans

Date: 18th — 21st September 2018

Time: 5:00PM start

Launch Venue: Business Lounge (Marshall-Haus), Messe Berlin

River Tamoor Baig and his team are back and they’ve immediately outdone themselves from last year’s epic HackTrain 4.0 — if you haven’t seen the video, check it out here.

HackTrain 4.0 Hackathon Video

HackTrain 4.0 sponsored by Network Rail, Angel Trains, EY, Trainline, DXC, Silverrail, ORM, Bombardier, BAI Communications, Ricardo, SNCF, Deutsche Bahn, GTR, Eurostar and TfL.

The HackTrain initiative, rail’s biggest driving force of innovation over the last 36-months has partnered with the world’s biggest rail festival, InnoTrans.

Baig and co will run the first ever hackathon at InnoTrans 2018 with 80 innovators from around the world gathering at Berlin for what will be a 4-day hackathon focussed on creating the future of rolling stock, improving customer experience, and even tackling operational challenges rail faces.

Launching at InnoTrans’ spectacular Business Lounge on Tuesday afternoon these 80 innovators will be given challenges and datasets from the industry’s top rolling stock manufacturers, train operators, and suppliers. They will the work through the night from Wednesday to Thursday building new prototypes using hardware sensors, machine learning, and data analysis techniques.

The outcomes from the event will then be presented throughout Friday morning and afternoon to industry experts. The winning team will walk away with a cash prize and the title of being the first ever winners of HackTrain InnoTrans.

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HackTrain InnoTrans will be the first time the event is ran in Berlin, having taken their participants to Edinburgh, Frankfurt, Manchester, Paris and even Hong Kong. Baig and his team have developed a new approach to continuing ideas forward with 50% of the challenges from their HackTrain 4.0 event being actively worked on in collaboration with the industry after the event.

Hack Partners’ Chairman Toby Stone mentioned that “this new approach for continuing ideas from the hackathon that River and the team developed makes it much easier for large corporates in rail to work with incredibly fast paced young innovators who have fantastic ideas capable of massively improving efficiencies for the industry.” Angel Trains, the Department for Transport, and several TOCs are utilising the new approach already.

Register your interest and view the schedule here.

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